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1010tires.com 9/10 NOW BELOW
TireTrends 8/10 NOW BELOW
Enjoy The Drive - Customize Your Vehicle For the Way You Live 8/10 NOW BELOW
The Eastwood Company 7/10 NOW BELOW
JCWhitney 7/10 NOW BELOW

Overall Rating: 9/10E-Commerce Rating: 9/10
Your Best Bet!Tires & Wheels - 1010tires.com - the absolute tire and wheel authority
http://www.1010tires.com/

A fantastic site with helpful information, excellent search tools and good customer service offerings. There are some neat extras - like the Custom Car Wizard, which allows you to see an image of your car with custom aftermarket rims - that boost this site from good to great. This site is for shoppers in the US and Canada - make sure you have the right Currency flag selected in the top right-hand corner of the site.

Pros:
A wide selection of tires, wheels and springs that can be searched in a variety of ways. A comparison of items is available within the search results listing. Items can also be sorted within the results list by a number of different criteria. There are forums and a tech section for any questions you might have or issues you want to discuss with other shoppers. Shopping is secure and you can contact 1010 by a variety of methods including a toll-free phone number.

Cons:
It would be nice if live chat were available on the site to assist shoppers but this is a very small criticism.


Overall Rating: 8/10E-Commerce Rating: 9/10
One of our Favorites!TireTrends : Save on tires, wheels, suspension & brakes
http://www.tiretrends.com/

A fair site that offers a variety of methods for finding the wheels, tires or other items that are right for you. The method for displaying tires is not that great and can not be manipulated. Details are also not that extensive on individual items. Shopping is secure and there is adequate customer service.

Pros:
You can search for items by selecting a vehicle or by using the tire finder (bottom of the page) or use other links on the main page. There is toll free help available. The site links to a Tire and Wheel forum on Canadian Driver which could be helpful. Another kind of cool feature is the TestTrack which allows you to see graphically what your vehicle could look like with specific wheels and tires.

Cons:
The way the list of items you have chosen is displayed is rather cumbersome and can not be re-sorted. Details could certainly be more extensive on individual items and you can't compare items to one another.


Overall Rating: 8/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
One of our Favorites!Enjoy The Drive - Customize Your Vehicle For the Way You Live
http://www.enjoythedrive.com/

This is a great site that doesn't actually sell anything (and is thus somewhat hard to categorize). For its role here in the accessories category I suggest you look at the 'Let's Improve' links in the lower left hand corner of the page.

Pros:
You don't search for things in the usual way on this site - rather you decide which task you'd like to accomplish in the 'Let's Improve' list in the lower left hand corner of the page. Then you read over the page that comes up after you click on a link and click through to the items that interest you. As mentioned above you can't buy directly through this site but you will learn about basic items that you may wish to purchase for your vehicle.

Cons:
Since this is not a sales site I have not evaluated it as such.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 7/10
The Eastwood Company
http://www.eastwoodco.com/

A well done site with lots of items that can be searched for by a variety of methods. I'm not that impressed with how your list of items is displayed but details on individual items are good and there are some neat features within the details screen. Shopping is secure and customer service is adequate.

Pros:
You can find items by searching using the box in the very top, middle area of the page or by category, clearance items, new products etc (links on the left). Details on individual items are good and you can add an item to your wish list, read a customer review of the item or tell a friend about it. There are some great resources in the forum section (Shop Talk) and also in the Tech Library.

Cons:
The way that items are displayed is rather cumbersome and a list type format would be easier to navigate - being able to re-order your list of items would also be very helpful.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 7/10
JCWhitney: Aftermarket Parts & Accessories for Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles & More
http://www.jcwhitney.com/

You can search by a variety of methods from the main page. The way items are displayed is okay and there is some manipulation allowed (though not much). Shopping is secure and customer service options are adequate.

Pros:
Search by part number or keyword using the search box in the top left hand corner or use one of the categories in the middle of the page. Details on individual items are good and you can re-order the list by price. There is toll free customer service and it's also available in Spanish.

Cons:
It would be nice to be able to compare items you've located to one another. There are no additional pages on this site, such as a 'how to' section or forums, that might be helpful for the parts shopper.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
A.J. Prindle
http://www.ajprindle.com/

A.J. Prindle doesn't sell mufflers, brake pads or tires - rather they sell gadgets, navigation tools and care car and car comfort accessories. This is the place to come if you are looking for something to make a long trip more enjoyable (or perhaps just bearable) or are searching for a gift for someone who spends a lot of time in their vehicle.

Pros:
You can search for items by keyword or item number or use one of the categories on the left. There's toll free and email help. Shopping is secure. There is a helpful gift advisor too.

Cons:
There aren't a lot of the in-depth searching and information tools on this site that there are on other accessory sites - you can't compare items and information on a selected item is quite sparse. There are no forums or tech areas like on other accessory sites - that said, however, the thrust of this site is a bit different. The way items are displayed is not very effective and you can't sort the list (it would be helpful to be able to sort by price for example).


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
Auto Accessories - Car alarms, Euro Tail Lights, Altezza Lights
http://www.slickcar.com/

You can search the hundreds (thousands?) of items on this site by a variety of methods. Unfortunately details on individual items and the ability to manipulate and learn more about items is not as full featured. Shopping is secure and customer service seems adequate. There aren't any special features or helpful information on this site.

Pros:
Search by category (far right), by vehicle (underneath the main category area - right-hand side of page), using an advanced search, by brand, quick links (on the left) or popular cars (also on the left). Shopping is secure and there is toll free or email help available.

Cons:
You don't get a lot of information on individual items, you can't compare items and item lists can not be sorted. There are no extras on this site to assist or engage the car customizer - no forums, no tech section and no 'how to' area.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
CarParts.com - Everything you need to service and maintain your vehicle
http://www.carparts.com/

You can search by a variety of methods from the main page. The way items are displayed is okay and there is some manipulation allowed (though not much). Shopping is secure and customer service options are adequate.

Pros:
Search by part number or keyword using the search box in the top left hand corner or use one of the categories in the middle of the page. Details on individual items are good and you can re-order the list by price. There is toll free customer service and it's also available in Spanish.

Cons:
It would be nice to be able to compare items you've located to one another. There are no additional pages on this site, such as a 'how to' section or forums, that might be helpful for the parts shopper.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
PermaBag storage bag for humidity controlled protection against rust, corrosion and humidity
http://www.permabag.com/

Another site that is hard to categorize - yes it is an accessory site but it only sells a few very select products. All the PermaBag products are to protect your vehicle while it is in storage. There isn't really any searching to be done on the site as the six product names are self-explanatory and can each be accessed from the main page. Ordering is secure but customer service is somewhat lacking.

Pros:
Secure ordering and a simply laid out site with good information on the products in the PermaBag line.

Cons:
No toll free help although email help is available. Pricing only available in Euros and Pounds on the site and the shipping cost may make this item prohibitively expensive for North American customers - surely they can find a distributor in Canada or the US?


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
Auto Parts Stores Import Discount Automotive and Car Parts
http://autopartsgiant.com/

You can search by a number of methods from the main page. Presentation of items and amount of detail on individual items could certainly use some work. Shopping is secure and there is help available toll free.

Pros:
As this is a parts' site it is not surprising that you need to specify the vehicle you are looking for parts for with a fair amount of accuracy - this is easily accomplished. You can also begin your search by searching on the categories in the left hand column (under Shop Online) or further down on the page.

Cons:
The amount of information shown on individual items is very poor - there are no pictures, you can't compare items to each other and you can't sort the items displayed. There are no extras on the site - no helpful information, forums or 'tech' area.


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
The Official NAPAonline.com E-Commerce Site | Home Page
http://www.napaonline.com/

A good site with a number of search methods available on the main page. The results are displayed effectively and data can be manipulated easily. Details on individual items are good and customer service is adequate.

Pros:
You can search from the main page by specifying your vehicle or use the Keyword or part number boxes. You can re-sort the displayed list of items by price, part name or part number. Details on individual items are good and there is toll-free telephone assistance.

Cons:
You can't compare items to each other. There aren't any extra materials on the site that might be useful to a parts shopper.


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
Truck Accessories - Truck Stuff, SUV & Auto Accessory
http://www.buytruckstuff.com/

A fair number of items for pickup trucks or heavy trucks can be found here. You can drill down via categories and links on the main page but there doesn't seem to be a search function available. Information on individual items is good although better manipulation options would be helpful. Shopping is secure and there is toll free help.

Pros:
You can find items fairly easily by choosing pickup truck or heavy truck on the main page or clicking on one of the category links in the left hand column or further down the main page. Information on individual items is quite complete and you can look at larger images as well as related products.

Cons:
It would be nice to have a search by brand, keyword or item number/name function on the main page. The way lists of items is displayed is cumbersome and there is no ablity to compare items to each other or to re-sort a list of items. There is no additional material on the site that would be of use to shoppers (i.e. 'how to' section, forums).


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 5/10
Car Junky: Search Discount Car Parts
http://www.carjunky.com/

You can search using a variety of criteria from the main page. Details on individual items are sketchy at best and the items can not be manipulated in any way. Shopping is secure and the help options available are good.

Pros:
From the main page select from one of the 3 search options across the top of the page or click on the part # search link on the right hand top area of the page. You could also use any of the links under the Car Parts heading (starts in left hand column and goes over to the right hand side of the page as well as in the middle of the page). It's nice that you can get help via toll free telephone or via a live help link.

Cons:
It would be nice to be able to re-sort items you've located as well as compare them one to another. Details can be a bit limited on individual items. There are no helpful additional areas on the website to help the parts buyer.


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 5/10
Performance Products
http://www.performanceproducts.com/

A good but rather visually busy site. You can search by a variety of methods from the main page. The format for displaying selected items is not great and the list can't be manipulated. Details are somewhat sketchy on individual items. Shopping is secure and customer service is adequate.

Pros:
Search from the main page by selecting a vehicle, searching by keyword or part number or browsing categories. Order securely and get help via toll free telephone or email.

Cons:
The way in which your found items are displayed is cumbersome and can't be manipulated in any way (can't be re-sorted nor can items be compared to one another). Details on individual items are somewhat sketchy. There are no additional sections to the site - such as forums or a 'tech' section - that would be helpful to shoppers.


Overall Rating: 4/10E-Commerce Rating: 5/10
Sport Wing, spoilers for your car, buy online
http://www.sportwing.com/

A good number of items that are fairly easy to access by a variety of search/drill down methods. Details on individual items are a bit sketchy and there is no ability to manipulate found items. Shopping is secure and there is toll free help.

Pros:
There are quite a few items at this site although most fall in to the category of appearance enhancement rather than practical parts replacedment. You can search from the main page by product quick links (left hand column), best sellers, new products, select a product (very top and center of page) or the search box (top right hand corner). The site offers secure shopping and a toll free help number. They also offer gift certificates if you're not sure what to buy for the car enthusiast in your life.

Cons:
The select a product drop down box seemed to be generating an error for me during this review. Details on individual items are very minimal and there is no way to re-sort a list of found items or compare one item to another. There are no extras on the site like forums or technical/how to sections - a site like this one could really benefit from a gallery where car owners could show off the enhancements they've made to their vehicles with items they've purchased from the site.


Overall Rating: 4/10E-Commerce Rating: 5/10
Andy's Auto Sport - Body Kit's and Carbon Fiber Hoods Superstore!
http://www.andysautosport.com/

A good site with a large range of items for sale. Searching is okay but not great and information on individual items could be better. Shopping is secure and customer service seems adequate.

Pros:
You can search by keyword, category (tabs across the top) or by indicating your vehicle manufacturer and model (use the column on the right). There's toll free help available and shopping is secure.

Cons:
Searching could be improved and you can not sort items you have selected (for example sorting by price might be helpful). You can't compare items to other similar items and technical information on items is not extensive. The learning center link seems to be non-functional at the moment.


Overall Rating: 4/10E-Commerce Rating: 4/10
Car Catalogs, Automotive Catalogs and Free Catalogs
http://www.roadcatalogs.com/

This is kind of a hard to classify site - it's a catalog store. Why would you buy a catalog - in the words of the site "catalogs are packed with industry knowledge, technical information, fitment applications, photographs and detailed descriptions on the performance parts and accessories available for your car."

Pros:
You can search by a number of criteria - keyword in the box on the right, categories in the right hand column, titles on the main page and an alphabetical search at the very bottom of the page. Shopping is secure and there is toll free help (and toll free ordering should you want it).

Cons:
It's hard to find anything to criticize on this site since the overall concept of the site doesn't fit with other sites in the Accessories category.


Overall Rating: 4/10E-Commerce Rating: 4/10
Motorbooks.com
http://www.motorbooks.com/

This is another site that doesn't really fit in the accessories category exactly - but where else to put it? If you or someone you love is crazy about Formula 1, NASCAR, restoring old cars or almost any other automotive subject under the sun this is the stie for you. Here you'll find books on almost any car-related topic.

Pros:
Ordering is secure and toll free telephone help is available. There isn't really a great search mechanism in place but you should be able to find if they stock a book that interests you using the search box at the top left of the page or the category links.

Cons:
As this is so different from the other accessory sites I have not assessed its faults (poor search function, lack of detail on individual items) in the same manner.


Overall Rating: 3/10E-Commerce Rating: 4/10
Honda Body Parts | Discount Honda Auto Parts
http://www.hondaautobodypartstore.com/

Of course this site is only for those that drive a Honda. There isn't really a search tool on the site - you just drill down based on the type of Honda you drive. Individual item details are sketchy and data can't be manipulated in any way. Shopping is secure and customer service is good.

Pros:
Probably if you are a keen Honda owner/fixer upper this site's bare bones methods of searching and lack of detailed information on individual items will be okay with you. Good customer service offering of 24-hour toll free telephone.

Cons:
No real search method, sketchy details on individual items and no re-sorting or comparison ability. Is it really necessary to have a large website logo watermark partially obscuring each photo - do people really want to steal pictures of Honda fenders and grilles? No additional information on the site for the serious Honda aficionado who might want to fix up their vehicle themselves and see what others have done or ask questions.


 
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